Save Doctor Who Confidential!

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I don’t normally do this, but I think this case is quite exceptional. This doesn’t have anything to do with Marvel Omnibuses, but it’s something I feel very strongly about, so please read on.

As you may know by now, Doctor Who Confidential has been axed.

For any Doctor Who fan, this is terrible news, but it also affects those interested in the television industry. Confidential has been going since 2005, and has provided us with hours and hours of entertainment, but is also hugely informative, adding an extra layer to the BBC1 flagship programme – the perfect companion to the best TV show ever.

What’s worse, there’s no reason for its axing.

The BBC has released this statement:

“Doctor Who Confidential has been a great show for BBC3 over the years but our priority now is to build on original British commissions, unique to the channel.”

This actually means nothing. Confidential is an original, British show, and is also unique to BBC3. Furthermore, recent plans released by the BBC have revealed that BBC3 and BBC4’s main job, from now on, is to support the shows on BBC1 and BBC2. Confidential does exactly this.

BBC3 have such a bad reputation, so it’s absurd that they decommission the one show that draws a significant audience. In recent editions, a voiceover begged Confidential viewers to carry on watching BBC3 after the programme finished!

This move feels less like a cost-cutting measure, and more like the new BBC3 Controller, Zai Bennett, throwing his new-found weight around and axing for axing’s sake.

Okay, so what can you do about it?

Firstly, please feel free to email the BBC to complain about this awful decision here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/forms/

It’s a simple process, but hopefully will be effective. Loyal fans have also set up an online petition, which they’ll send to the BBC this Friday:

http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/savedwc

All you have to do is add your name. And maybe the names of all your family and friends (obviously after asking them!). It’s that simple.

But please, do it before Friday 28th October 2011. The aim is to get 50,000 signatures by then, and they’re on 47,513 as I write this. 28th October is Save Doctor Who Confidential Day… as well as Matt Smith’s Birthday!

You can also follow the Save DWC Twitter account here:

http://twitter.com/#!/SaveDWC

Later in November, Zai Bennet, who made this terrible decision, will appear on Points of View. Feel free to inundate the show with your complaints too.

Even though he shouldn’t, Steven Moffat, Doctor Who showrunner, said in the current issue of Doctor Who Magazine:

“It seems hard to grasp. All shows have their time, and all shows end, but not, in all sanity, while people still watch and love them. And going by the numbers and the outcry, this show was watched and loved everywhere.

“I’m not supposed to say it, but I’m going to anyway: bad day, bad decision. I know these are straitened times. I know we’re all at sea and the night is colder – but you don’t start burning the lifeboats to keep warm.

“Or to put it another way, you might want to think about the future if you’re planning to live there.”

And he’s 100% right.

Please BBC. Don’t do this.

Thanks for reading and doing your bit. I really appreciate it. If just one more signature results from this blog, then it’s worth it.

And remember: you’re the license fee-payer. Tell the BBC what you want doing with your money!

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“I’ll take Manhattan”: 40% off Spider-man!

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It’s been a while since the last Spider-man omnibus was released – 2007, in fact! – and it’s now out-of-print.

So it’s a pleasant surprise to find August’s solicitations include an Amazing Spider-man by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane omnibus.

Amazing Spider-man #297

The weighty 848-page tome will collect Amazing Spider-man #296- 329, as well as material from Spectacular Spider-man Annual #10, written by Michelinie, and drawn by McFarlane, Alex Saviuk, Erik Larsen and Colleen Doran. The omnibus will be issued with two covers by McFarlane, adapted from ASM #300-301 featuring Spidey in his red-and-blue costume… and his black!

The run sees Spider-man going toe-to-toe with villainous heavy-hitters, like Doctor Octopus, Venom, the Rhino, Magneto, the Lizard, Scorpion and Hydro-Man. And let’s not forget the return of Spidey’s first super-villain, the Chameleon.

Amazing Spider-man #303

Anyone who has read the Michelinie/McFarlane run knows it is a true classic, and this omnibus will be snapped up fast!

It’s lucky, then, that forbiddenplanet.co.uk is offering Cover B (with the black costume) with a 40% discount, bringing it down to just £45! Be quick; the offer ends tomorrow (2ND MARCH), but don’t panic if you miss it; Cover A is available at £50.25, and Cover B is expected to level with this once the offer ends.

Let me know what you think of the run if you’ve read it (some issues were recently reprinted in the English Collector’s Edition comic, Astonishing Spider-man) or if you’ve pre-ordered it. I haven’t seen any other sites offering it yet, so email me if you know of any great deals and, if I use that information, I’ll give you a shout-out!

“Has The Whole World Gone Mad?!?”: 40% Off Acts of Vengeance Crossovers!

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Art by Alan Davis

 

Marvel’s July 2011 solicitations have been released, including a hefty 400-page Dark Avengers HC, a Marvel Art of Mike Deodato tome, and a Spider-man: The Death of Jean DeWolff premiere hardcover… and an Acts of Vengeance Crossovers omnibus!

 The HC follows the December 2010 release of Acts of Vengeance, which collects the main titles from the 1989/90 event, including Avengers #311-313, Thor #411-413, and Amazing Spider-man #326-329. But, with a massive 744 pages, further titles in the Marvel Universe-spanning crossover had to be collected together in this separate release. Totalling 752 pages, this omnibus will be available with two variant covers, by Alan Davis and Rob Liefeld, and collect… wait for it…

  • Fantastic Four (1961) #334-336;
  • Wolverine (1988) #19-20;  
  • Dr. Strange, Sorceror Supreme (1988) #11-13;
  • Incredible Hulk (1968) #363;
  • Punisher (1987) #28-29;
  • Punisher War Journal (1988) #12-13;
  • Marc Spector: Moon Knight (1989) #8-10;
  • Daredevil (1964) #275-276;
  • Power Pack (1984) #53;
  • Alpha Flight (1983) #79-80;
  • New Mutants (1983) #84-86;
  • Uncanny X-Men #256-258;
  • X-Factor (1986) #49-50;
  • Damage Control (1989) #1-4;
  • Web Of Spider-Man #64-65.

In a plan orchestrated by Thor’s evil half-brother, Loki, the villains of the MU decide to take revenge on all those times when they’ve been defeated. Where else can you see Power Pack take on Typhoid Mary, Dr. Strange tangling with the Hobgoblin, Daredevil fighting Ultron and Iron Man teaming up with… Doctor Doom?!

Art by Bob Layton

Featuring the work of such names as Walter Simonson, Roy Thomas, Ann Nocenti, Ron Lim, Jim Lee, Sal Velluto and John Romita Jr., the omnibus has an RRP of £75, but there are a few deals to be had out there already!

True to form, forbiddenplanet.com hasn’t got it listed yet, but forbiddenplanet.co.uk has a fantastic 40% off on the Alan Davis cover (now a brilliant £45), if you order before 9TH FEBRUARY. They have a history of these amazing fortnight-only offers (see 40% Off The X-Men and 40% Off Captain America), and I usually advise you to order, order, order. But this time, amazon.co.uk have crept in and stolen their thunder… perhaps. Despite not listing the alternative covers – or, indeed, having a photo of either cover yet – they have an amazing pre-order price of just £38.25! But there is a problem. Amazon seems to think its RRP is actually £45. They’re pretty notorious with their prices; seriously, just google ‘amazon marvel omnibus sale’ and see the mayhem and confusion for yourselves. So can they be trusted? They don’t usually honour sales when they’ve messed up, but maybe this time, they’re being genuine.

The safe bet? Forbiddenplanet.co.uk. The possibly-worthwhile risk? Amazon.co.uk.

Let me know if you’ve pre-ordered!

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